Iran and Turkey have harshly criticized the United Arab Emirates for this week’s deal with Israel as a betrayal of the Palestinians and Muslims.
The historic UAE-Israel, mediated by the US and seen as a major foreign policy victory by President Trump, will make the UAE the third Arab country, after Egypt and Jordan, to establish foreign relations. Full delivery with Israel.
The UAE will also be the first Gulf country to have such an agreement with Israel.
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The deal Trump announced on Thursday, after years of peace and improved relations between the UAE and Israel. It calls for wider cooperation between the two countries in trade, travel, tourism and other areas.
But in post-announcement statements, officials in both Iran and Turkey see the pact as a step backward for the Middle East.
Iran̵7;s Foreign Ministry called the deal “an unjustified dagger struck by the UAE on the back of the Palestinian people and all Muslims,” according to the Associated Press.
Turkish officials say the people of the region “will never forget and will never forgive this hypocrisy” by the UAE.
Turkey’s Foreign Ministry stated that the UAE has no right to negotiate the agreement on behalf of the Palestinians.
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Trump described the deal as a “BIG breakthrough” in a message on Twitter Thursday morning – and then predicted that the deal could spur other, similar deals between other countries in Middle East.
“We have discussed this with other countries,” Trump said. “So you’ll probably see others among these.”
The deal also draws praise from former Vice President Joe Biden, the presidential Democratic presidential candidate who is expected to face Trump in November in a battle for the White House.
Biden hailed the move as “an historic step to bridge the profound division of the Middle East”, calling the UAE’s proposal to “recognize the State of Israel as a welcome, courageous, and extremely necessary.
“It is an important recognition that Israel is a vibrant, inseparable part of the Middle East that has always existed here,” Biden added. “Israel can and will be a valuable economic and strategic partner to all who welcome it.”
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the pact as “the greatest progress towards peace” in the region in two decades.
Israel, the UAE and other Middle Eastern nations have come together in recent years, partly due to a common view that sees Iran as a potential threat in the region, the AP reported.
Turkey previously had friendly relations with Israel but changed its stance under President Tayyip Erdogan, who has always viewed its country as a supporter of the Palestinians, AP reported.
Fox News Brooke Singman and Barnini Chakraborty and Associated Press contributed to this story.